The Banshees of Inisherin

The Banshees of Inisherin

Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 114 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon, Barry Keoghan, Pat Shortt, Gary Lydon, Sheila Flitton, Jon Kenny, David Pearse, Bríd Ní Neachtain
  • Director: Martin McDonagh
  • Kingslaay - 13 January 2023
    A different sort of film
    Overall I liked 'The Banshees of Inisherin' but I also have mixed feelings about it. Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell deliver strong performances to try carry the film.

    There is something refreshing about a simplistic setting. The film is set in 1923 on a very simple and laid back island in Ireland. We have become conditioned to seeing CGI and over the top story lines and/or action sequences. So it's nice to see a film that relies on its story and performances. I feel this setup is the reason people have heaped praise on this film, a real story that isn't Marvel or another action/CGI film. The story is also relatable and understandable. One can see how a person might grow weary of a friendship or companion when you had little choice to begin with. They were an odd pairing from the start.

    My only contention is the story could have delved into something deeper. This simplistic setting could have explored the complexities of the human experience, no matter what the year was, you would find it deeply relatable. It could have been more thought provoking and questioned societies conventions or very nature of friendship, human fragility or something existential. In my humble little opinion this could have taken the film to a deeper level and a higher rating for me.
  • reasonabledreams - 12 January 2023
    Comedy? Sad wierd not in a good way
    They are already telling you spoilers, without saying how it proceeds to the end. I kept thinking, who thought of these plot points. Making this as if it were an allegory of life. No, I don't think so. Wierd, not In a good way. A SAD picture. A Bored, Mentally unbalanced man, self harms. In an isolated, small island village in Northern Ireland. Colin a nice, simple guy, is left alone, now bitter & isolated. No wife. No girlfriend No women. His loving sister leaves for a bigger life and wants him to join her. Is he too depressed to choose life.

    Winning Golden Globes as a Black, very black, Comedy.